Lady Tigers advance in SEC

STARKVILLE, Miss. — The LSU women’s tennis team (9-15; 1-12 SEC) defeated 11th-seeded Kentucky (13-12; 4-9 SEC) in the first round of the Southeastern Conference Tournament on Wednesday at A.J Pitts Tennis Centre.

“Our girls showed some incredible heart today,” LSU coach Julia S. Sell said. “That isn’t easy after the season we’ve had. We’ve been overdue for a win, and we’ve lost a lot of close battles, so being able to pull through today is huge.”

The Lady Tigers came out strong against the Wildcats. After Mary Jeremiah and Ariel Morton fell 8-0 to Kentucky’s Nadia Ravita and Caitlin McGraw, LSU’s Ebie Wilson and Keri Frankenberger took an 8-1 over Edmee Morin-Kougoucheff and Stephanie Fox.

The Lady Tigers’ Kaitlin Burns and Ella Taylor clinched the doubles point with a 8-6 win over Khristina Blacjkevitch and Jessica Stiles.

Taylor, Jeremiah and Frankenberger each earned singles wins for the Lady Tigers.

The Lady Tigers face fifth-seeded Vanderbilt at 5 p.m. Thursday.

LSU 4, Kentucky 2

Singles

1. Nadia Ravita (Kentucky) def. Kaitlin Burns 7-5, 6-3

2. Mary Jeremiah (LSU) def. Jessica Stiles 0-6, 6-3, 6-4

3. Ella Taylor (LSU) def. Edmee Morin-Kougoucheff 6-3, 6-2

4. Caitlin McGraw (Kentucky) def. Ariel Morton 7-5, 7-6 (7-3)

5. Keri Frankenberger (LSU) def. Khristina Blacjkevitch 6-4, 4-6, 6-3

6. Stephanie Fox (Kentucky) vs. Ebie Wilson (LSU) 6-1, 3-6, 2-5, unfinished

Doubles

1. Nadia Ravita/Caitlin McGraw (Kentucky) def. Mary Jeremiah/Ariel Morton 8-0

2. Ebie Wilson/Keri Frankenberger (LSU) def. Edmee Morin-Kougoucheff/Stephanie Fox 8-1

3. Kaitlin Burns/Ella Taylor (LSU) def. Khristina Blacjkevitch/Jessica Stiles 8-6

Records: LSU 9-15, 1-12 SEC; Kentucky 13-12, 4-9

Track and field

LADY TIGERS REMAIN NO. 1: After defending their team title at the Battle on the Bayou on Saturday, the Lady Tigers remain No. 1 in the Track & Field News Women’s Collegiate Dual Meet Top 25 released Wednesday.

The Lady Tigers’ dual meet record is 7-0.

The LSU men moved up two spots to No. 10.

The Tigers host the LSU Alumni Gold meet Saturday at the Bernie Moore Track Stadium.

Track & Field News

Women’s Top 25

With team, record and previous ranking

1. LSU (7-0) 1; 2. Texas A&M (4-1) 2; 3. Oregon (2-1) 3; 4. Penn State (2-1) 14; 5. Arkansas (0-2) 7; 6. Arizona State (1-2) 8; 7. Arizona (0-0) 9; 8. UCLA (1-1) 11; 9. Michigan (3-0) 4; 10. Stanford (0-0) 5; 11. Kansas (2-0) 6; 12. Notre Dame (3-0) 10; 13. California (1-1) 12; 14. Michigan State (2-2) 16; 15. Washington (1-2) 20; 16. Southern California (0-0) 21; 17. South Florida (3-2) 17; 18. Washington State (2-3) 22; 19. TCU (0-2) 25; 20. Nebraska (2-0) 13; 21. Indiana State (4-0) 19; 22. Kent State (1-0) 18; 23. UC-Davis (0-0) NR; 24. Kansas State (3-0) 15; 25. Alabama (1-1) 23.

Men’s Top 25

1. Arkansas (2-1) 1; 2. Oregon (3-0) 2; 3. Texas A&M (4-1) 3; 4. Arizona State (0-0) 4; 5. Florida (0-0) 5; 6. UCLA (2-0) 7; 7. Ohio State (0-0) 8; 8. Nebraska (2-0) 6; 9. Washington State (3-2) 10; 10. LSU (1-3) 12; 11. California (2-0) 9; 12. Texas (0-1) 11; 13. Washington (0-3) 14; 14. Michigan (2-1) 13; 15. Southern California (0-0) 16; 16. Alabama (1-1) 19; 17. Long Beach State (3-0) 22; 18. Connecticut (1-0) 15; 19. Sacramento State (0-0) 17; 20. Kansas State (3-0) 17; 21. Indiana (1-0) 20; 22. Purdue (1-1) 23; 23. Northern Arizona (0-0) 24; 24. Baylor (3-0) NR; 25. Navy (8-0) 25.

Volleyball

Serbia’s Raicevic signs with Tigers: The LSU volleyball program has received a National Letter of Intent from Katarina Raicevic, coach Fran Flory said.

Raicevic, a 6-feet, outside hitter/right side from Serbia, won the best player award of Belgrade.

Her high school and club programs have won five champions of state. As a member of the Serbian National team, she earned a second-place finish at the European Youth Olympic Games.